Arcangelo performs a fascinating stylistic juxtaposition of three Magnificats by members of the Bach dynasty, with some of the world’s finest musicians and a handpicked choir, under the direction of artistic director & conductor Jonathan Cohen.
The festive text of the Magnificat, the canticle of Mary in the Bible, has for centuries been a rich source of inspiration for composers. The world famous setting of baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach is an adventurous mix of intimate arias and jubilant choruses. Bursting with old musical imagery, Bach takes the listener into a sometimes tender, sometimes vigorous, but always convincing and compelling story. Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel, Bach’s second surviving and most famous son of Johann Sebastian, also ventured to writing a Magnificat. Unlike his father, Carl Philipp Emanuel’s setting is emotionally expressive. He is therefore seen as a transitional figure between the late baroque style of his father and the early classicism of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Joélle Harvey (soprano)
Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo soprano)
Iestyn Davies (counter tenor)
Thomas Walker (tenor)
Thomas Bauer (baritone)
Putting on projects of this quality and scale is demanding on resources, and Arcangelo is most grateful to the generous private donors who have come forward to help make this happen. We are still seeking supporters to help make up the remaining £10,000 gap in the budget. Further details on how you can support are here.
You can download the specially produced programme for the concert at St John’s Smith Square here
deSingel, Desguinlei 25, B 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
St John's, Smith Square, SW1P 3HA, London, UK
19:30 (pre-concert talk at 18:30)
Tetbury Music Festival, St Marys' Church, Church Street, GL8 8JG, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK
18:30 (pre-concert talk at 17:30)